Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Renton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This was a great day hiking. While there were several cars in the parking lot (September, Thursday, noon) I happened on only one person along the trail. As mentioned in previous reviews this trail is loaded with junctions. There should be maps at the information station at the trailhead; take one of the maps form the information station at the trailhead.

The trail is generally flat until after Shy Bear Pass. When the elevation changes come they do so quickly. At this point the trail also switches from smooth to rocky. Nothing technical but you will want to watch your foot placement.

While the route doesn’t specifically include it I do recommend taking the short spur to Wilderness Peak. Sign the registry, have sit on the bench, and enjoy the moment. While the peak lacks a stunning view you should never miss an opportunity to summit.

Whitaker trail becomes Deceiver. Short but good incline up 2 hills. Lots of shade for sunny days and several bridges and log walkways over creeks and marsh. We took Shy Bear back to make it a partial loop.

No spectacular views, but good scenery the whole duration of the trail. Make sure to have a map with you, as it can get quite confusing with the number of junctions this trail has. If you have trekking poles bring them as they will be useful at the midpoint of the trail as that is where most of the elevation change occurs.

27 days ago

Great trail with a good amount of hills. Good for cardio.

I really enjoyed this area. There are many connected trails so that even though there was a running event happening, we didn't run into many people. I took my pup and was able to have her leash dragging for a large majority of it, just grabbing her when people went by. It was an easy hike, with just a couple of mildly challenging portions.

Easy trail off Coal Creek trail. Not heavily populated. Easy to walk.

great hike nice and quiet.

2 big uphill sections (relative of course)
all the water is dried up along the way but cool and green all over
a challenge for kids but doable!

walking
1 month ago

Really nice trail great for kids under three but can’t be difficult with all the ups and downs and great for handicap.

Great paved trail good for strollers

walking
1 month ago

Fun, easy trail. Took our 2 dogs and it was easy for them. Lots to see. Ran into a few people on the trail but not too populated. There was no waterfall, it was dry. Cool seeing the old mine and other great historical markers!

Completely dry

limited parking, good for little children.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail hike is beautiful with dense trees/bushes with birds chirping around you (summer). The peak of Cedar Mountain is not spectacular, but you can see Mt Rainier between distant trees nicely. I read other reviews of this trail regarding mosquitos. True. I would advise bringing mosquito repent (if summertime). They are not over-whelming, but there are a few annoying ones along the trail. I tried out the trail "PRO" version for the first time and glad I used the GPS tracker on the trail map - there are many intersections, thus the tracker was extremely helpful so that I always knew exactly where I was on the map. Bottom line: nice little hike.

trail running
2 months ago

i love this trail cause i dont have to go far to get some miles in , but i wish the trees at the top werent so tall so i can see rainier..

Easy to get turned around! Thankful for the app

walking
3 months ago

Pleasant trail

My golden retriever pup and I enjoyed this trail very much last weekend.

nice n relaxing trail

Not much significant to look at, but nice complexity and challenge.

Beautiful easy walk. I also like that for the majority of the trail, bikes and dogs aren’t allowed. Not that I hate cyclists or dogs; it’s just nice to have a trail for pedestrians only as an option.

Did my first hike of this trail this weekend. Easy to access. need a discovery pass to park. But it was very nice. Wild Salmonberries on the path, and tons of little side areas and alternate routes to explore! When you get to the peak, it is serene and clear. Nothing too crazy or strenuous either.

Newly paved tracks, less traffic , scenic with small up and down hills makes it interesting ...remember to pit stop and take a picture with power lines on background.. Good for family biking

4 months ago

Quick, easy hike that is fun to run! Muddy in a few spots but overall dry. Came during sunset and got a beautiful view on one side and Mt Rainier on the other. Many intersecting trails and lots of mosquitoes.

4 months ago

short. kid friendly. signage sucks but as long as you move uphill it's easy to find the peak. top view is great. we brought a few hammocks to use at the top and found ample places to hang them. trail is well manicured and maintained. this will be in our regular list.

Great place to easily and quickly get out of the city and hit the trails. Lots of potential for many different routes and distances.

Great trail. Huge parking lot, easy trail surface. We took a detour to see some falls so our hike was 9 miles. Not too hard with elevation. Lots of streams, bridges, well maintained. Saw horses & runners.

Hiked this recently on a trip to Seattle. This trail was amazing! And I loved seeing all the dogs on the trails.

walking
4 months ago

4/29/2018 (Sunday) - Out of the park's north end, a long section of old railroad has been nicely converted into a perfect trail, which is now quite popular.

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